Ep. 4 – What Americans Believe Today
Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research partnered to provide an excellent resource for the Church. Ligonier’s 2018 State of Theology survey has been published and there’s a lot to unpack from it.
The State of Theology’s site home page writes, “Every two years, we take the theological temperature of the United States to help Christians better understand today’s culture and equip the church with better insights for discipleship.”
Let’s walk through the survey together to see what Americans believe today and begin seeking the truth.
A Summary of the Survey Results
52% agree, “Everyone sins a little, but most people are good by nature.”
51% agree, “God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.”
91% agree, “God counts a person as righteous not because of one’s works but only because of one’s faith in Jesus Christ.”
97% agree, “There is one true God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.”
78% agree, “Jesus is the first and greatest being created by God” (In 2016, 71% agreed).
23% agree, “Even the smallest sin deserves eternal damnation.”
58% agree, “Worshiping alone or with one’s family is a valid replacement for regularly attending church.”
60% agree, “Religious belief is a matter of personal opinion; it is not about objective truth” (32% of evangelicals agree).
44% agree, “The Bible’s condemnation of homosexual behavior doesn’t apply today.”
52% agree, “Abortion is a sin.”
62% millennials agree, “Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.”
64% millennials agree, “There will be a time when Jesus Christ returns to judge all the people who have lived.”
53% millennials agree, “The Bible, like all sacred writings, contains helpful accounts of ancient myths but is not literally true.
36% millennials agree, “God is unconcerned with my day-to-day decisions.”
57% millennials agree, “Abortion is a sin.”
54% millennials agree, “Sex outside of traditional marriage is a sin.”
51% millennials agree, “The Bible’s condemnation of homosexual behavior doesn’t apply today.”
46% millennials agree, “Gender identity is a matter of choice.”
View the full survey results here.
Highlights of the Episode
I’m grateful for the following Discern Daily has gained already. Interacting with everyone here on the blog and Twitter has been enjoyable.
Jesus was not created, but incarnate. He is the eternal God who became flesh. Jesus was actively involved in creating the universe (cf. John 1:1-14; Colossians 1:15-20).
Our Christian beliefs do not come from within us, but outside of us. Our beliefs come from God, to us, through the Bible. Our feelings and opinions do not define our beliefs.
The sexual revolution isn’t coming; it’s already here in America. It has been here and it has deep roots. More people in the Church will begin struggling with this subject. We must preserve God’s design.
Albert Mohler speaks about these subjects on The Briefing. James White also provides relevant biblical insight on his program, The Dividing Line. I encourage you to support their hard work and follow their fruitful programs.
Here’s Ligonier’s conclusion from the completed survey — “These results show the urgent need for sound biblical teaching and the bold preaching of the gospel. Millions of people do not understand the holiness of God, the reality of sin, and the one way of salvation in Jesus Christ. There is much work to be done, but it is our hope that these findings will serve the church in its efforts to reach more people with the faithful proclamation of the truth of God’s Word.”
View the full State of Theology site here.
Let’s Seek the Truth
A huge thanks to Ligonier and LifeWay. What an incredible resource. What do you think about the survey and its results? How will this bless your ministry? Share in the comments below. Share this episode. Let’s seek the truth together.